Jeremy Colliton to coach Canada men's hockey team in Winter Olympics after Claude Julien fractures ribs

DAVOS, Switzerland -- Jeremy Colliton has been elevated to head coach of Canada's men's hockey team for the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing after Claude Julien was sidelined by an injury.

Hockey Canada said Julien slipped on ice and fractured his ribs during training camp in Switzerland, and medical staff determined he won't be able to fly to China for the Games.

Colliton, who was previously an assistant coach for the team, will take over head-coaching duties.

Colliton, 37, was the head coach of the Chicago Blackhawks for parts of four seasons before he was fired in November.

The former center played professionally for six seasons for the New York Islanders and Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the American Hockey League before moving into coaching in the Alberta Junior Hockey League and the Swedish league HockeyAllsvenskan.

Colliton said in a statement he is honored to lead the team and that he's gained a lot of knowledge from Julien in their short time together.